50 years ago, Portland hosted the 1965 Final Four featuring Princeton and Bill Bradley, John Wooden's UCLA Bruins as well as Michigan and Wichita State. The NCAA tournament returned to Portland on Thursday with four second-round games.
As my wife can attest, sports consume an embarrassingly high percentage of my television viewing and internet surfing. With a healthy base of sports knowledge, one would think I would be an expert at the March Madness office pool. But nay!
Our kids don't have to hit the game winning shot to be heroes, but rather by showing up, working hard and being accountable, they become heroes. And sometimes that isn't reflected in the final score.
March Madness is upon us, and while college basketball fans across the country are busy trying to avoid any bracket busters, this is the time to focus on your tax bracket as well.
The only guarantee in the first round of a national championship tournament is that there's going to be some drama.
Sport at its best requires athletes to give more than they thought they could -- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And because of that, whether we're experiencing sport firsthand as athletes, or secondhand as fans, it is, as Reid said, "life with the volume turned up."
The question is, if Americans are so diligent at doing their research, crunching the numbers and making decisions for their tourney brackets, why don't they put in that kind of effort for retirement planning? After all, the stakes are much higher.
The scandals at Syracuse and North Carolina, the shadows over Duke, the many scandals of the past and future will not vanish. The only thing that ultimately will vanish is the integrity of American higher education. That is the real Madness of March.
On the eve of March Madness my mind floods with memories. The impact of college and professional basketball on our sons began when they were toddlers. Today, thirteen years later, many things have changed though their passion for basketball remains.
Many people unfairly associate Springsteen only with the working man or a man's only musician -- that couldn't be further from the truth.
From Cinderella stories to buzzer beaters, the NCAA basketball tournament ensures March is a month where history is made. But this year, history and the Big Dance mix to form an even more intoxicating brew: "The Big Tap" Historic Bars Tournament.
Even though the NCAA is a non-profit organization that many would not associate with brilliant marketing, they have done an enviable job of taking the March Madness Tournament and turning into one of the most popular sports showcases for advertisers.
Do you remember those old commercials where off-beat salesmen ramble on about their item that does it all or simply "slices and dices?" No? Well, watch this and you're welcome.
CBS has realized the juggernaut ratings of its opening weekend of March Madness. Imagine the same captured audience if the Academy could somehow string along its Sunday-night glacier movement into biteable chunks for us mavens!
On Wednesday night at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin, Duke and UW met for perhaps the most anticipated basketball game of the year. Many people -- myself included -- picked Wisconsin to win.
The March Madness Tournament is the light at the end of the tunnel for college basketball teams and winning their conference secures their team a spot in the big dance.